When I see a news update, especially about something in politics, I can’t help but think of this passage of Scripture:
Why do you see the speck in your neighbour’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbour, “Let me take the speck out of your eye”, while the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbour’s eye.
It’s from Matthew 7:3-5.
I wonder how politics would be different if everyone read this passage before offering a comment or tweet or facebook post.
I wonder how legislation would change if politicians and staff read this passage before drafting legislation.
I wonder how protests would change if activists read this passage before hitting the streets.
I wonder how money in politics would change if fundraisers and lobbyists and donors read this passage before money was donated or received.
I wonder how rhetoric and interviews would change if those being interviewed or speaking about an opponent or opposing policy read this passage before a word was uttered.
I wonder how campaigning would change if candidates and their staff read this passage before a sign or slogan or announcement was revealed and given.
I wonder how governing would change if officials read this passage before implementing any policy with a focus on legality.
I wonder how international relations would change if diplomats, spokespeople, negotiators, and leaders read this passage before conducting international diplomacy.
I wonder how we, citizens, voters, and residents of our respective countries, would change if we read this passage before deciding who was with us and who with them.
I suspect life would be far different. Probably more enjoyable. Probably safer. Probably less anxious and fearful. But that’s just a guess – we’ve never tried, so we don’t know.
Try reading this passage every morning during Lent. I wonder how it will change your interaction with others.